Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
A genetic study suggests that modern humans developed around a massive lake system that existed at the time, in what is now Botswana in Africa:
I think it's a pretty solid idea. Having an extra supply of protein and easy access to water would make life a little easier. But of course you'd have to have a way of dealing with the predators which find inland shorelines very good places to hunt. Sooo, just by logic, I would suggest that once humans had the use of fire and clubs this is where they would more likely be found. Before that I'm not so sure that they weren't like other savanna animals only going to water when necessary because of the danger.What I find interesting, though, is the placing of human development around a system of huge lakes, as that lends further credence to the Aquatic Ape theory - that we originally developed around a watery environment.
Well, this is an attempt to trace back to the 'birthplace' of mitchondrial eve at around about 200,000 years ago. Our ancestors were likely as hairless as we were a lot further back in time. From memory (of scientific work, not the that I am as old as Methuselah ) I think that if we were to go back a million years you might mistake the apes walking about as naked humans. (But likely they wouldn't be able to 'talk' to you, nor have your reasoning powers as our ancestors brains were still in development)What I find interesting, though, is the placing of human development around a system of huge lakes, as that lends further credence to the Aquatic Ape theory - that we originally developed around a watery environment.